TM has announced the addition of seven new premium channels, five new Video On Demand (VOD) categories and two new interactive applications to Malaysia’s newest Pay TV service – HyppTV; set to be available in June 2011. With this, HyppTV’s current line up is now a total of 44 channels – 15 free channels, 29 premium channels, 14 VOD categories and 11 interactive applications.
The new premium channels are: Al Jazeera, tvN HD, Nat Geo Adventure HD, Nat Geo Music, Syfy HD, SS Music and EMAS., Whilst the new VOD categories are: Series – Malaysian Package, Knowledge – Nature Package, Kids – Dino, Kids – Animasi and Kids – Galaxy. The two new interactive applications are Youtube and Facebook. The announcement, as well as a showcase of the new channels, new VOD categories and interactive applications, was made at a media and bloggers session in Kuala Lumpur on 6 May 2011.
Jeremy Kung, EVP, TM New Media who was present to unveil the new HyppTV content enthused that the new premium channels and the new VOD categories as well as the new interactive applications constitute another milestone in TM’s overall plan to progressively grow its HyppTV content offerings across a variety of genres and satisfy the diverse range of viewing preferences of our audience.
“We are very excited about these additions because we believe they offer a unique niche for discerning customers out there. Our network and reach are growing very fast, and the more customers we have, the more diverse our programming becomes. Because we are flexible, we are able to cater to a larger audience with varying tastes in programme consumption. In line with our efforts to play a significant role in facilitating the digital lifestyle of Malaysians, HyppTV allows viewers to enjoy entertainment options and other content through ways that go beyond their normal TV viewing experience. The HyppTV viewing experience will influence and guide our customers’ perspective on their content choices and options in the future.”
The seven new channels are premium channels that can be purchased by HyppTV subscribers on an ‘ala carte’ basis. The new channels offer a variety of broadcast content: from global news on Al Jazeera, music entertainment on Nat Geo Music and South India’s SS Music channel, Korean content on tvN HD , and education on Nat Geo Adventure HD. Subscription prices for the new premium channels range from as low as RM3 per month to RM9 per month.
The new VOD categories offer subscribers wholesome family packages from local drama to documentaries and cartoons. All these are priced from RM8 per package with a viewing period of up to 30 days.
HyppTV also expands its services to offer YouTube and Facebook browsing on its Interactive applications which is available for free on the platform.
The new premium channel announcement was made in conjunction with the first anniversary celebrations of UniFi, which has exceeded expectations by reaching close to 80,000 subscribers to date.
“We are very grateful to our customers for their unwavering support and loyalty, and we will always strive to ensure they receive the best that HyppTV has to offer. We will continue to expand our channel and content offerings to provide the best programmes for all segments of society,” Kung said.
About HyppTV’s New Channels
Al Jazeera English (AJE), the 24-hour news and current affairs channel, is the first international English-language news channel to broadcast across the globe from the Middle EastAJE’s mission is to provide independent, impartial news for an international audience and to offer a voice to a diversity of perspectives from under-reported regions. In addition, the channel aims to balance the information flow between the South and the North. The channel of reference for the Middle East and Africa, AJE has unique access to some of the world’s most troubled and controversial locations. AJE’s determination and ability to accurately reflect the truth on the ground in regions torn by conflict and poverty has set their content apart.
tvN brings the latest Korean Entertainment with exclusive contents and original productions for K-Entertainment News, Drama, Variety, K-Pop and Lifestyle programmes.
Nat Geo Adventure HD
Bold, high-impact and exciting, Nat Geo Adventure unleashes the spirited adventurer in all of us. Nat Geo Adventure chronicles the unfiltered experiences of young travelers whose journeys take them to the edge. Exhilarating stories and thrilling imagery fuels an audience eager to stretch their own limits and understand the real world beyond their borders. The channel reaches more than 8 million homes in 27 markets around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong and the South East Asian region, as well as Italy.
Nat Geo Music
Nat Geo Music channel speaks in the rhythms of the world. Following seasoned artists whose anthems have bridged borders and emerging talents revolutionizing the music scene, Nat Geo Music gives viewers an authentic sound rich in diversity. Explore the world’s vibrant cultures through lyrics and beats. Music videos, long-form and short-form programming put songs into context, illustrating how music can impact, inspire and transform. Nat Geo Music is currently available in 6 million homes throughout Italy, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East and Latin America.
Syfy Universal channel offers science fiction, fantasy, horror, adventure, reality, action, mystery, and paranormal programming to the large crowd of sci-fi lover in HD quality. The channels targeting audience between 18-34 years old who is open minded, fun seeker, early adopters to new knowledge or technologies and also a trend setter.
The Southern Spice Music channel caters to an audience that is primarily the youth, but since music has no barriers, their audience is made up of people across all age groups. The channel has the balanced blend of all the four South Indian languages: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. The channel is known for innovative and youthful programs. SS Music won the Best Media Innovation award from AD Clubs India for its program Virtual Request, which allows audiences to request and dedicate songs through Kiosks set up in popular hangouts.
EMAS is a Media Prima Berhad offering with a retro contemporary concept, and will be transmitted via UniFi or Internet Protocol TV. With the latest technology, Malaysian audiences are now mobile and techno-savvy, watching TV less so via the conversational method and more on their iPhones, iPads, smartphones or online. Media Prima Berhad always strives for new innovations that will be relevant to these changes, and is collaborating with TM to provide Media Prima Berhad's content via UniFi and come up with personalities of yesteryears such as Nurfarahin Jamsari, Azura Abdul Karim, Azizah Ariffin, Zakiah Anas and Zainal Ariffin. As the first Retro TV Channel in Malaysia, EMAS’s programming consists of highly rated programs such as Majalah 3, Sinaran, Pi Mai Pi Mai Tang Tu, Wanita Hari Ini, Malaysia Hari Ini, Senario, Melodi, Persona Bintang, Nona, and Cereka Perdana.
About HyppTV’s VOD Categories
VOD Category Names
Malay drama, cooking show, variety, documentary
Variety package with a little bit of everything for everyone – dramas, cooking shows, documentary programs and much more.
English documentary programs consisting series and movies
Documentary programs on nature, animals and more.
Kids favorite- English cartoon
Cartoons and animated series for the kids.
Local Malay animation
Local Malaysian animation for a wholesome family experience.
English cartoons for kids and kid at heart.
Hollywood movies 5-6 months after cinema release
Recent released Hollywood movies – a great way to spend the weekend with the entire family.
15/bundle of 30 movies
Evergreen Hollywood movies
Evergreen Hollywood movies for everyone – from romantic comedies to action-packed, chick flicks and drama.
Latest Malaysian movies
Local library titles
Variety of local titles for you to choose from and watch anytime you like.
Mixture of Japanese, Korean, Thai, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China & Indonesian movies from recent years
The best movie titles from Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China & Indonesia
Older Asian movies
Evergreen Asian movies to fill up your weekends.
CSI series 24 hours right after US screening
Popular TV series with latest episodes available within 24 hours after US release
Hollywood past season series
All-time favourite Hollywood TV series
Asian TV series
About HyppTV’s Interactive Applications
Enhance your appreciation of national history with collections from Arkib Negara Malaysia. From “Hari Ini Dalam Sejarah” to “Documentary of the Month”; all for your knowledge well.
Check the KLIA Flight Schedule at your convenience.
Get to know your prayer time at your convenience.
Simple and free games for you and your family.
From puzzle, to action games; we have it all here in HyppTV
Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world, from TED.com
Talks by renowned local speakers and a platform for Public Service Announcement (PSA).
The Making Of…
Get up close and personal with behind-the-scene footages and interviews with your favourite stars.
Cinema Movie Trailers
Latest movie trailers for the movie buffs.
Get daily headlines on Nation, Sports, Business & Entertainment from The Star
Stream your favourite videos on a larger screen for the viewing of the entire family
Update your Facebook from your TV!
With the addition of the 7 new premium channels, HyppTV now has 44 channels being offered via TM’s UniFi residential packages – 15 free channels, 29 premium channels, 14 VOD genres and 11 interactive applications. The free channels include TV1, TV2, TV3, NTV7, 8TV, TV9, Hikmah, Channel NewsAsia, Euronews, DW-TV Asia+, Australia Network, Travel Channel, Luxe.TV HD, Bloomberg TV and VOD News – Fokus Hari Ini.
The other 22 premium channels are BabyFirst TV, BBC Knowledge, BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies, Channel [V] Taiwan, fashiontv HD, fashiontv, iConcerts HD, MUTV, Screen RED, STAR Chinese Channel, STAR Chinese Movies 2, Syfy Universal, Universal Channel, Universal Channel HD, Warner TV, FOX CRIME HD, Jaya Max, UTV Movies International, UTV Bindass, SETI and MNC International.
The Premium channels are available for purchase on an ‘ala carte’ basis from as low as RM3 per-channel per-month whereas VOD starts from RM8 per title including Hollywood, Malaysian, Asian and Bollywood. Popular Hollywood TV series are available from as low as RM48 per title (whole series) per season, viewable for an entire month. TM currently offers more than 1,000 hours of VOD.
HyppTV is available to all residential customers of TM’s High Speed Broadband (HSBB) service, UniFi, as part of the service’s triple-play offering comprising Phone, High Speed Internet and IPTV services – which include free and premium channels, as well as VOD content and interactive applications.
TM UniFi is currently being offered via three residential packages. The residential triple-play packages are VIP5 at RM149 a month, VIP10 at RM199 a month and VIP20 at RM249 a month.
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